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Weekend of Great Oahu Concerts

By Hudson, USA, June 2011

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This weekend bodes especially well for music lovers on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, for while the islanders might find themselves spatially removed from the rest of the world, it is nice to see that they still are on the landing strip for good music tour groups. Iconic bands War and the Doobie Brothers will be playing sets at the Blaisdell Arena this Saturday, while over the hill neo-soul queen Lauryn Hill will be playing her sets of bass line funk, not to mention Honolulu’s Spring Break Massive, just the biggest rock-reggae event of the year.

War, perhaps most famous for its smash hit “Lowrider”, is no stranger to fame. Touring on and off since the 70s, and one of the most eclectic bands of its time, this iconic group freely melds soul, Latin, jazz and rock influences into its funky rhythm. They’ll open the set, to be followed directly by The Doobie Brothers, famous for their hits “Long Train Runnin’,” “Listen to the Music,” “Black Water,” and others.

Those interested in catching something a bit more contemporary could set their sights on six-time platinum artist Lauryn Hill, best known for her time with hip-hop group The Fugees,  before moving on to do her own solo work, for which she’s become the only woman in history to win five Grammy awards in a single year.  She’s playing this Sunday, April 3rd at The Waterfront at Aloha Tower.

More contemporary yet, Spring Break Massive is Honolulu’s premier rock-reggae event and, like its name suggests, holds a massive line-up of musicians. Kids wait all year for this event, and this year looks to be no disappointment. If you can still get tickets, feel lucky and get your butt over there.

Photo courtesy of songkick

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